I'm starting this thread because Preacher's thread brought up a lot of questions for me, and I didn't want to high-jack that thread. A lot of advise was not to mention trilogy as a first time author trying to get published. A lot of advise was to make the novel stand alone with potential for a trilogy. My problem: I see absolutely no way of making my novel a stand alone without changing it so significantly that it would not be at all what I intend. The overarching story is huge, and there is no way to fit it in one book. I am actually concerned when mapping out the overall plot, that it may take four books to get it written. I have all necessary plot elements planned for all three books, and they work that way. There is a vitally important problem/solution sequence planned for each book with a climax, conclusion, etc. But... all of the plots for the individual books are part of and integrally tied to the larger plot. I just don't see how to disconnect them and make it stand alone. It is one story. I am about two thirds through rough draft of book one, but I am constantly referencing and adding to my notes about the following books as I go. My overall story is always in my mind when I am writing. I have characters planned and developing that will not be introduced in this book, I have larger events that are foreshadowed in this book. My MC has a quest much larger than the one she faces in the first book. I have an entire world that will be developed further over the next two books, but has been introduced slightly in this book. Everything is connected and important, not that I am saying I won't be making cuts or changes, but when it comes to the master plot, I see no way of separating thing. I am just shy of 70,000 words now, and with a third to go, plus I know that my revisions will add to the descriptions and make it longer. I don't see this novel being less than 100,000 words, and likely, it will go well over. I'm really worried now... What do I do?!